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and that He may send Jesus, the [a]Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the [b]period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet [c]like me from your brethren; to Him you shall give heed to everything He says to you. And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God [d]made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ For you first, God raised up His [e]Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”

Peter and John Arrested

As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming [f]in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the [g]message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” Then Peter, [h]filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “[i]Rulers and elders of the people, if we are [j]on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, [k]as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that [l]by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—[m]by [n]this name this man stands here before you in good health. [o]He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone. And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Threat and Release

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them [p]as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. But when they had ordered them to leave the [q]Council, they began to confer with one another, saying, “What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy [r]miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.” And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all [s]in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened; for the man was more than forty years old on whom this [t]miracle of healing had been performed.

When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O [u]Lord, it is You who made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said,

Why did the [v]Gentiles rage,
And the peoples devise futile things?
The kings of the earth [w]took their stand,
And the rulers were gathered together
Against the Lord and against His [x]Christ.’

For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy [y]servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the [z]Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. And [aa]now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and [ab]signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy [ac]servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

Sharing among Believers

And the [ad]congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them [ae]claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the [af]proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.

Now Joseph, a Levite of Cyprian birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles (which translated means Son of [ag]Encouragement), and who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Fate of Ananias and Sapphira

But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and kept back some of the price for himself, with his wife’s [ah]full knowledge, and bringing a portion of it, he laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not [ai]under your control? Why is it that you have [aj]conceived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” And as he heard these words, Ananias fell down and breathed his last; and great fear came over all who heard of it. The young men got up and covered him up, and after carrying him out, they buried him.

Now there elapsed an interval of about three hours, and his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter responded to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land [ak]for such and such a price?” And she said, “Yes, [al]that was the price.” Then Peter said to her, “Why is it that you have agreed together to put the Spirit of the Lord to the test? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out as well.” And immediately she fell at his feet and breathed her last, and the young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. And great fear came over the whole church, and over all who heard of these things.

[am]At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were taking place among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s portico. But none of the rest dared to associate with them; however, the people held them in high esteem. And all the more believers in the Lord, multitudes of men and women, were constantly added to their number, to such an extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. Also the [an]people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick [ao]or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.

Imprisonment and Release

But the high priest rose up, along with all his associates (that is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with jealousy. They laid hands on the apostles and put them in a public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the gates of the prison, and taking them out he said, “Go, stand and [ap]speak to the people in the temple [aq]the whole message of this Life.” Upon hearing this, they entered into the temple about daybreak and began to teach.

Now when the high priest and his associates came, they called the [ar]Council together, even all the Senate of the sons of Israel, and sent orders to the prison house for them to be brought. But the officers who came did not find them in the prison; and they returned and reported back, saying, “We found the prison house locked quite securely and the guards standing at the doors; but when we had opened up, we found no one inside.” Now when the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard these words, they were greatly perplexed about them as to what [as]would come of this. But someone came and reported to them, “The men whom you put in prison are standing in the temple and teaching the people!” Then the captain went along with the officers and proceeded to bring them back without violence (for they were afraid of the people, that they might be stoned).

When they had brought them, they stood them [at]before the Council. The high priest questioned them, saying, “We gave you strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and [au]yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, [av]whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a [aw]cross. He is the one whom God exalted [ax]to His right hand as a [ay]Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses [az]of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

Gamaliel’s Counsel

But when they heard this, they were cut [ba]to the quick and intended to kill them. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. [bb]But he was killed, and all who [bc]followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who [bd]followed him were scattered. So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or [be]action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”

They [bf]took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to [bg]speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the [bh]Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. And every day, in the temple and [bi]from house to house, they [bj]kept right on teaching and [bk]preaching Jesus as the [bl]Christ.

Choosing of the Seven

Now [bm]at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the [bn]Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the [bo]congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the [bp]ministry of the word.” The statement found approval with the whole [bq]congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and [br]Nicolas, a [bs]proselyte from Antioch. And these they brought before the apostles; and after praying, they laid their hands on them.

The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith.

And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and [bt]signs among the people. But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and [bu]Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen. But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.” And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him [bv]before the [bw]Council. They put forward false witnesses who said, “This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law; for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us.” And fixing their gaze on him, all who were sitting in the [bx]Council saw his face like the face of an angel.

Stephen’s Defense

The high priest said, “Are these things so?”

And he said, “Hear me, brethren and fathers! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in [by]Haran, and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives, and come into the land that I will show you.’ Then he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in [bz]Haran. From there, after his father died, God had him move to this country in which you are now living. But He gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot of ground, and yet, even when he had no child, He promised that He would give it to him as a possession, and to his descendants after him. But God spoke to this effect, that his descendants would be aliens in a foreign land, and that they would [ca]be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years. And whatever nation to which they will be in bondage I Myself will judge,’ said God, ‘and after that they will come out and [cb]serve Me in this place.’ And He gave him [cc]the covenant of circumcision; and so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

“The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him, and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.

“Now a famine came over all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction with it, and our fathers [cd]could find no food. But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent our fathers there the first time. On the second visit Joseph [ce]made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family was disclosed to Pharaoh. Then Joseph sent word and invited Jacob his father and all his relatives to come to him, seventy-five [cf]persons in all. And Jacob went down to Egypt and there he and our fathers died. From there they were removed to [cg]Shechem and laid in the tomb which Abraham had purchased for a sum of money from the sons of [ch]Hamor in [ci]Shechem.

“But as the time of the promise was approaching which God had assured to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt, until there arose another king over Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph. It was he who took shrewd advantage of our race and mistreated our fathers so that they would [cj]expose their infants and they would not survive. It was at this time that Moses was born; and he was lovely [ck]in the sight of God, and he was nurtured three months in his father’s home. And after he had been set outside, Pharaoh’s daughter [cl]took him away and nurtured him as her own son. Moses was educated in all the learning of the Egyptians, and he was a man of power in words and deeds. But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his [cm]mind to visit his brethren, the sons of Israel. And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended him and took vengeance for the oppressed by striking down the Egyptian. And he supposed that his brethren understood that God was granting them [cn]deliverance [co]through him, but they did not understand. On the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting together, and he tried to reconcile them in peace, saying, ‘Men, you are brethren, why do you injure one another?’ But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? You do not mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ At this remark, Moses fled and became an alien in the land of [cp]Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

“After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning thorn bush. When Moses saw it, he marveled at the sight; and as he approached to look more closely, there came the voice of the Lord: ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob.’ Moses shook with fear and would not venture to look. But the Lord said to him,Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground. I have certainly seen the oppression of My people in Egypt and have heard their groans, and I have come down to rescue them; [cq]come now, and I will send you to Egypt.’

“This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one whom God [cr]sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the [cs]help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush. This man led them out, performing wonders and [ct]signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet [cu]like me from your brethren.’ This is the one who was in the [cv]congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you. Our fathers were unwilling to be obedient to him, but repudiated him and in their hearts turned back to Egypt, saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us; for this Moses who led us out of the land of Egyptwe do not know what happened to him.’ [cw]At that time they made a [cx]calf and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. But God turned away and delivered them up to [cy]serve the [cz]host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it, O house of Israel? You also took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god [da]Rompha, the images which you made to worship. I also will remove you beyond Babylon.’

“Our fathers had the tabernacle of testimony in the wilderness, just as He who spoke to Moses directed him to make it according to the pattern which he had seen. And having received it in their turn, our fathers brought it in with [db]Joshua upon dispossessing the [dc]nations whom God drove out before our fathers, until the time of David. David found favor in God’s sight, and asked that he might find a dwelling place for the [dd]God of Jacob. But it was Solomon who built a house for Him. However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:

Heaven is My throne,
And earth is the footstool of My feet;
What kind of house will you build for Me?’ says the Lord,
Or what place is there for My repose?
Was it not My hand which made all these things?’

“You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.”

Stephen Put to Death

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the quick, and they began gnashing their teeth at him. But being full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” But they cried out with a loud voice, and covered their ears and rushed at him with one impulse. When they had driven him out of the city, they began stoning him; and the witnesses laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he [de]fell asleep.

Saul Persecutes the Church

Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death.

And on that day a great persecution [df]began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Some devout men buried Stephen, and made loud lamentation over him. But Saul began ravaging the church, entering house after house, and dragging off men and women, he would put them in prison.

Philip in Samaria

Therefore, those who had been scattered went about [dg]preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and began proclaiming [dh]Christ to them. The crowds with one accord were giving attention to what was said by Philip, as they heard and saw the [di]signs which he was performing. For in the case of many who had unclean spirits, they were coming out of them shouting with a loud voice; and many who had been paralyzed and lame were healed. So there was much rejoicing in that city.

Now there was a man named Simon, who formerly was practicing magic in the city and astonishing the people of Samaria, claiming to be someone great; and they all, from smallest to greatest, were giving attention to him, saying, “This man is what is called the Great Power of God.” And they were giving him attention because he had for a long time astonished them with his magic arts. But when they believed Philip preaching the good news about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike. Even Simon himself believed; and after being baptized, he continued on with Philip, and as he observed signs and great miracles taking place, he was constantly amazed.

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized [dj]in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was bestowed through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give this authority to me as well, so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! You have no part or portion in this [dk]matter, for your heart is not right before God. Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that, if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in the [dl]bondage of iniquity.” But Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.”

An Ethiopian Receives Christ

So, when they had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, and were preaching the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans.

But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” ([dm]This is a desert road.) So he got up and went; and there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he had come to Jerusalem to worship, and he was returning and sitting in his [dn]chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go up and join this [do]chariot.” Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:

He was led as a sheep to slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He does not open His mouth.
In humiliation His judgment was taken away;
Who will [dp]relate His [dq]generation?
For His life is removed from the earth.”

The eunuch answered Philip and said, “Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from this Scripture he preached Jesus to him. As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch *said, “Look! Water! What prevents me from being baptized?” [[dr]And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”] And he ordered the [ds]chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, [dt]but went on his way rejoicing. But Philip [du]found himself at [dv]Azotus, and as he passed through he kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to Caesarea.

The Conversion of Saul

Now [dw]Saul, still breathing [dx]threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the [dy]voice but seeing no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he [dz]could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying, and he has seen [ea]in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he did to Your [eb]saints at Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen [ec]instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; and he took food and was strengthened.

Saul Begins to Preach Christ

Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, [ed]saying, “He is the Son of God.” All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the [ee]Christ.

When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket.

When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; [ef]but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. And he was with them, [eg]moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. And he was talking and arguing with the [eh]Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death. But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.

So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria [ei]enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.

Peter’s Ministry

Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he came down also to the [ej]saints who lived at [ek]Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed.” Immediately he got up. And all who lived at [el]Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called [em]Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did. And it happened [en]at that time that she fell sick and died; and when they had washed her body, they laid it in an upper room. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, having heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him, “Do not delay in coming to us.” So Peter arose and went with them. When he arrived, they brought him into the upper room; and all the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing all the [eo]tunics and garments that Dorcas used to make while she was with them. But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand and raised her up; and calling the [ep]saints and widows, he presented her alive. It became known all over Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. And Peter stayed many days in Joppa with a tanner named Simon.

Cornelius’s Vision

Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian [eq]cohort, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many [er]alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually. About the [es]ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, “Cornelius!” And fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed, he said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and [et]alms have ascended as a memorial before God. Now dispatch some men to Joppa and send for a man named Simon, who is also called Peter; he is staying with a tanner named Simon, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who was speaking to him had left, he summoned two of his [eu]servants and a devout soldier of those who were his personal attendants, and after he had explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the [ev]sixth hour to pray. But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he *saw the [ew]sky opened up, and an [ex]object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and [ey]crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the [ez]air. A voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, [fa]kill and eat!” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything [fb]unholy and unclean.” Again a voice came to him a second time, “What God has cleansed, no longer consider [fc]unholy.” This happened three times, and immediately the [fd]object was taken up into the [fe]sky.

Now while Peter was greatly perplexed in [ff]mind as to what the vision which he had seen might be, behold, the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions for Simon’s house, appeared at the gate; and calling out, they were asking whether Simon, who was also called Peter, was staying there. While Peter was reflecting on the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, [fg]three men are looking for you. But get up, go downstairs and accompany them [fh]without misgivings, for I have sent them Myself.” Peter went down to the men and said, “Behold, I am the one you are looking for; what is the reason for which you have come?” They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear [fi]a message from you.” So he invited them in and gave them lodging.

Peter at Caesarea

And on the next day he got up and went away with them, and some of the brethren from Joppa accompanied him. On the following day he entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, and fell at his feet and [fj]worshiped him. But Peter raised him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am just a man.” As he talked with him, he entered and *found many people assembled. And he said to them, “You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man [fk]unholy or unclean. That is why I came without even raising any objection when I was sent for. So I ask for what reason you have sent for me.”

Cornelius said, “Four days ago to this hour, I was praying in my house during the [fl]ninth hour; and behold, a man stood before me in shining garments, and he *said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your [fm]alms have been remembered before God. Therefore send to Joppa and invite Simon, who is also called Peter, to come to you; he is staying at the house of Simon the tanner by the sea.’ So I sent for you immediately, and you have [fn]been kind enough to come. Now then, we are all here present before God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.”

Gentiles Hear Good News

Opening his mouth, Peter said:

“I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who [fo]fears Him and [fp]does what is right is welcome to Him. The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching [fq]peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)— you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. [fr]You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, [fs]and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the [ft]land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a [fu]cross. God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to [fv]preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the [fw]message. All the [fx]circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

Peter Reports at Jerusalem

Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, [fy]those who were circumcised took issue with him, saying, “You [fz]went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began speaking [ga]and proceeded to explain to them in orderly sequence, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, an [gb]object coming down like a great sheet lowered by four corners from [gc]the sky; and it came right down to me, and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it [gd]I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the [ge]crawling creatures and the birds of the [gf]air. I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; [gg]kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing [gh]unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, no longer [gi]consider unholy.’ This happened three times, and everything was drawn back up into [gj]the sky. And behold, at that moment three men appeared at the house in which we were staying, having been sent to me from Caesarea. The Spirit told me to go with them [gk]without misgivings. These six brethren also went with me and we entered the man’s house. And he reported to us how he had seen the angel [gl]standing in his house, and saying, ‘Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here; and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as He did upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized [gm]with the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore if God gave to them the same gift as He gave to us also after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could [gn]stand in God’s way?” When they heard this, they [go]quieted down and glorified God, saying, “Well then, God has granted to the Gentiles also the repentance that leads to life.”

The Church at Antioch

So then those who were scattered because of the [gp]persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way [gq]to Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone. But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the [gr]Greeks also, [gs]preaching the Lord Jesus. And the hand of the Lord was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord. The [gt]news about them [gu]reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas off [gv]to Antioch. Then when he arrived and [gw]witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all with [gx]resolute heart to remain true to the Lord; for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And considerable [gy]numbers were [gz]brought to the Lord. And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they [ha]met with the church and taught considerable [hb]numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.

Now [hc]at this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and began to indicate [hd]by the Spirit that there would certainly be a great famine all over the [he]world. [hf]And this took place in the reign of Claudius. And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the [hg]relief of the brethren living in Judea. And this they did, sending it [hh]in charge of Barnabas and Saul to the elders.

Peter’s Arrest and Deliverance

Now about that time [hi]Herod the king laid hands on some who belonged to the church in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword. When he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. Now [hj]it was during the days of Unleavened Bread. When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four [hk]squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people. So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.

On [hl]the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and [hm]put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he *said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. When Peter came [hn]to himself, he said, “Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all [ho]that the Jewish people were expecting.” And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying. When he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate. They said to her, “You are out of your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was so. They kept saying, “It is his angel.” But Peter continued knocking; and when they had opened the door, they saw him and were amazed. But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the Lord had led him out of the prison. And he said, “Report these things to [hp]James and the brethren.” Then he left and went to another place.

Now when day came, there was no small disturbance among the soldiers as to [hq]what could have become of Peter. When Herod had searched for him and had not found him, he examined the guards and ordered that they be led away to execution. Then he went down from Judea to Caesarea and was spending time there.

Death of Herod

Now he was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon; and with one accord they came to him, and having won over Blastus the king’s chamberlain, they were asking for peace, because their country was fed by the king’s country. On an appointed day Herod, having put on his royal apparel, took his seat on the [hr]rostrum and began delivering an address to them. The people kept crying out, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” And immediately an angel of the Lord struck him because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and [hs]died.

But the word of the Lord continued to grow and to be multiplied.

And Barnabas and Saul returned [ht]from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their [hu]mission, taking along with them John, who was also called Mark.

First Missionary Journey

Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia and from there they sailed to Cyprus. When they reached Salamis, they began to proclaim the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John as their helper. When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they found a magician, a Jewish false prophet whose name was Bar-Jesus, who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence. This man summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. But Elymas the magician (for so his name is translated) was opposing them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. But Saul, who was also known as Paul, [hv]filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord? Now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and not see the sun for a time.” And immediately a mist and a darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking those who would lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed when he saw what had happened, being amazed at the teaching of the Lord.

Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem. But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the Law and the Prophets the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, “Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it.” Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said,

“Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen: The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and [hw]made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with an uplifted arm He led them out from it. For a period of about forty years He put up with them in the wilderness. When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He distributed their land as an inheritance—all of which took about four hundred and fifty years. After these things He gave them judges until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. After He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My heart, who will do all My [hx]will.’ From the descendants of this man, according to promise, God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, after John had proclaimed before [hy]His coming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And while John was completing his course, he kept saying, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

“Brethren, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent. For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, recognizing neither Him nor the [hz]utterances of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled these by condemning Him. And though they found no ground for putting Him to death, they asked Pilate that He be [ia]executed. When they had carried out all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the [ib]cross and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead; and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people. And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, that God has fulfilled this promise [ic]to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son; today i have begotten You.’ As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the holy and [id]sure blessings of David.’ Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘You will not [ie]allow Your [if]Holy One to [ig]undergo decay.’ For David, after he had [ih]served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and [ii]underwent decay; but He whom God raised did not [ij]undergo decay. Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through [ik]Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and [il]through Him everyone who believes is [im]freed [in]from all things, from which you could not be [io]freed [ip]through the Law of Moses. Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:

Behold, you scoffers, and marvel, and [iq]perish;
For I am accomplishing a work in your days,
A work which you will never believe, though someone should describe it to you.’”

As [ir]Paul and Barnabas were going out, the people kept begging that these [is]things might be spoken to them the next Sabbath. Now when the meeting of the synagogue had broken up, many of the Jews and of the God-fearing [it]proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, were urging them to continue in the grace of God.

Paul Turns to the Gentiles

The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of [iu]the Lord. But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were [iv]blaspheming. Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,

‘I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles,
That You may [iw]bring salvation to the end of the earth.’”

When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of [ix]the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region. But the Jews incited the [iy]devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their [iz]district. But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Acceptance and Opposition

In Iconium they entered the synagogue of the Jews together, and spoke in such a manner that a large number of people believed, both of Jews and of Greeks. But the Jews who [ja]disbelieved stirred up the [jb]minds of the Gentiles and embittered them against the brethren. Therefore they spent a long time there speaking boldly with reliance upon the Lord, who was testifying to the word of His grace, granting that [jc]signs and wonders be done by their hands. But the [jd]people of the city were divided; and some [je]sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat and to stone them, they became aware of it and fled to the cities of Lycaonia, Lystra and Derbe, and the surrounding region; and there they continued to preach the gospel.

At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be [jf]made well, said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk. When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voice, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us.” And they began calling Barnabas, [jg]Zeus, and Paul, [jh]Hermes, because he was [ji]the chief speaker. The priest of Zeus, whose temple was [jj]just outside the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and wanted to offer sacrifice with the crowds. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their [jk]robes and rushed out into the crowd, crying out and saying, “Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these [jl]vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. [jm]In the generations gone by He permitted all the [jn]nations to go their own ways; and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, [jo]satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Even saying these things, with difficulty they restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them.

But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. But while the disciples stood around him, he got up and entered the city. The next day he went away with Barnabas to Derbe. After they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

They passed through Pisidia and came into Pamphylia. When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, from which they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had [jp]accomplished. When they had arrived and gathered the church together, they began to report all things that God had done with them and [jq]how He had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they spent [jr]a long time with the disciples.

The Council at Jerusalem

Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And when Paul and Barnabas had [js]great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue. Therefore, being sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all the brethren. When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”

The apostles and the elders came together to [jt]look into this [ju]matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that [jv]in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

James’s Judgment

After they had stopped speaking, [jw]James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me. Simeon has related how God first concerned Himself about taking from among the Gentiles a people for His name. With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,

After these things I will return,
And I will rebuild the [jx]tabernacle of David which has fallen,
And I will rebuild its ruins,
And I will restore it,
So that the rest of [jy]mankind may seek the Lord,
And all the Gentiles [jz]who are called by My name,’
Says the Lord, who [ka]makes these things known from long ago.

Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from [kb]things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since [kc]he is read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”

Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men from among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren, and they [kd]sent this letter by them,

“The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings.

“Since we have heard that some [ke]of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls, it seemed good to us, having [kf]become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, men who have [kg]risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. “Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth. “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; [kh]if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

So when they were sent away, they went down to Antioch; and having gathered the [ki]congregation together, they delivered the letter. When they had read it, they rejoiced because of its [kj]encouragement. Judas and Silas, also being prophets themselves, [kk]encouraged and strengthened the brethren with a lengthy message. After they had spent time there, they were sent away from the brethren in peace to those who had sent them out. [[kl]But it seemed good to Silas to remain there.] But Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, teaching and preaching with many others also, the word of the Lord.

Second Missionary Journey

After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.” Barnabas wanted to take John, called Mark, along with them also. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take him along who had deserted them [km]in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. And there occurred such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas and left, being committed by the brethren to the grace of the Lord. And he was traveling through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

The Macedonian Vision

Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted this man to [kn]go with him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. Now while they were passing through the cities, they were delivering the decrees which had been decided upon by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem, for them to observe. So the churches were being strengthened [ko]in the faith, and were increasing in number daily.

They passed through the [kp]Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in [kq]Asia; and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithynia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to [kr]go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

So putting out to sea from Troas, we ran a straight course to Samothrace, and on the day following to Neapolis; and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia, a Roman colony; and we were staying in this city for some days. And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to a riverside, where we were supposing that there would be a place of prayer; and we sat down and began speaking to the women who had assembled.

First Convert in Europe

A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; [ks]and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you [kt]the way of salvation.” She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very [ku]moment.

But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was [kv]gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the market place before the authorities, and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews, and are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being Romans.”

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their [kw]robes off them and proceeded to order [kx]them to be beaten with rods. When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely; [ky]and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the [kz]stocks.

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

The Jailer Converted

They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of [la]the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.


Footnotes
  1. Acts 3:20 Or Anointed One; i.e. Messiah
  2. Acts 3:21 Lit periods, times
  3. Acts 3:22 Or as He raised up me
  4. Acts 3:25 Lit covenanted
  5. Acts 3:26 Or Son
  6. Acts 4:2 Or in the case of
  7. Acts 4:4 Lit word
  8. Acts 4:8 Or having just been filled
  9. Acts 4:8 Lit Rulers of the people and elders
  10. Acts 4:9 Lit answering
  11. Acts 4:9 Or by whom
  12. Acts 4:10 Or in
  13. Acts 4:10 Or in
  14. Acts 4:10 Or Him
  15. Acts 4:11 Lit This One
  16. Acts 4:13 Lit that they had been
  17. Acts 4:15 Or Sanhedrin
  18. Acts 4:16 Or sign
  19. Acts 4:18 Or on the basis of
  20. Acts 4:22 Or sign
  21. Acts 4:24 Or Master
  22. Acts 4:25 Or nations
  23. Acts 4:26 Or approached
  24. Acts 4:26 Or Anointed One; i.e. Messiah
  25. Acts 4:27 Or Son
  26. Acts 4:27 Or nations
  27. Acts 4:29 Or as for the present situation
  28. Acts 4:30 Or attesting miracles
  29. Acts 4:30 Or Son
  30. Acts 4:32 Or multitude
  31. Acts 4:32 Lit was saying
  32. Acts 4:34 Lit the prices of the things being sold
  33. Acts 4:36 Or Exhortation or Consolation
  34. Acts 5:2 Or collusion
  35. Acts 5:4 Or in your authority
  36. Acts 5:4 Lit placed
  37. Acts 5:8 Lit for so much
  38. Acts 5:8 Lit for so much
  39. Acts 5:12 Lit Through
  40. Acts 5:16 Lit multitude
  41. Acts 5:16 Lit and
  42. Acts 5:20 Or continue to speak
  43. Acts 5:20 Lit all the words
  44. Acts 5:21 Or Sanhedrin
  45. Acts 5:24 Lit this would become
  46. Acts 5:27 Lit in
  47. Acts 5:28 Lit behold
  48. Acts 5:30 Or on whom you had laid violent hands
  49. Acts 5:30 Lit wood
  50. Acts 5:31 Or by
  51. Acts 5:31 Or Leader
  52. Acts 5:32 One early ms adds in Him
  53. Acts 5:33 Or in their hearts
  54. Acts 5:36 Lit Who was killed
  55. Acts 5:36 Lit were obeying
  56. Acts 5:37 Lit were obeying
  57. Acts 5:38 Or work
  58. Acts 5:40 Lit were persuaded by him
  59. Acts 5:40 Lit be speaking
  60. Acts 5:41 Or Sanhedrin
  61. Acts 5:42 Or in the various private homes
  62. Acts 5:42 Lit were not ceasing to
  63. Acts 5:42 Lit telling the good news of
  64. Acts 5:42 I.e. Messiah
  65. Acts 6:1 Lit in these days
  66. Acts 6:1 Jews who adopted the Gr language and much of Gr culture through acculturation
  67. Acts 6:2 Lit multitude
  68. Acts 6:4 Or service
  69. Acts 6:5 Lit multitude
  70. Acts 6:5 Gr Nikolaos
  71. Acts 6:5 I.e. a Gentile convert to Judaism
  72. Acts 6:8 Or attesting miracles
  73. Acts 6:9 I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
  74. Acts 6:12 Lit into
  75. Acts 6:12 Or Sanhedrin
  76. Acts 6:15 Or Sanhedrin
  77. Acts 7:2 Gr Charran
  78. Acts 7:4 Gr Charran
  79. Acts 7:6 Lit enslave them and mistreat them
  80. Acts 7:7 Or worship
  81. Acts 7:8 Or a
  82. Acts 7:11 Lit were not finding
  83. Acts 7:13 Or was made known
  84. Acts 7:14 Lit souls
  85. Acts 7:16 Gr Sychem
  86. Acts 7:16 Gr Emmor
  87. Acts 7:16 Gr Sychem
  88. Acts 7:19 Or put out to die
  89. Acts 7:20 Lit to God
  90. Acts 7:21 Or adopted him
  91. Acts 7:23 Lit heart
  92. Acts 7:25 Or salvation
  93. Acts 7:25 Lit through his hand
  94. Acts 7:29 Gr Madiam
  95. Acts 7:34 Lit and now come!
  96. Acts 7:35 Lit has sent
  97. Acts 7:35 Lit hand
  98. Acts 7:36 Or attesting miracles
  99. Acts 7:37 Or as He raised up me
  100. Acts 7:38 Gr ekklesia
  101. Acts 7:41 Lit in those days
  102. Acts 7:41 Or young bull
  103. Acts 7:42 Or worship
  104. Acts 7:42 I.e. heavenly bodies
  105. Acts 7:43 Other mss spell it: Romphan, or Rempham, or Raiphan, or Rephan
  106. Acts 7:45 Gr Jesus
  107. Acts 7:45 Or Gentiles
  108. Acts 7:46 The earliest mss read house instead of God; the Septuagint reads God
  109. Acts 7:60 I.e. died
  110. Acts 8:1 Lit occurred
  111. Acts 8:4 Or bringing the good news of
  112. Acts 8:5 I.e. the Messiah
  113. Acts 8:6 Or attesting miracles
  114. Acts 8:16 Lit into
  115. Acts 8:21 Or teaching; lit word
  116. Acts 8:23 Lit bond
  117. Acts 8:26 Or This city is deserted
  118. Acts 8:28 Or carriage
  119. Acts 8:29 Or carriage
  120. Acts 8:33 Or describe
  121. Acts 8:33 Or family or origin
  122. Acts 8:37 Early mss do not contain this v
  123. Acts 8:38 Or carriage
  124. Acts 8:39 Lit for he was going
  125. Acts 8:40 Or was found
  126. Acts 8:40 OT: Ashdod
  127. Acts 9:1 Later called Paul
  128. Acts 9:1 Lit threat
  129. Acts 9:7 Or sound
  130. Acts 9:8 Lit was seeing
  131. Acts 9:12 A few early mss do not contain in a vision
  132. Acts 9:13 Or holy ones
  133. Acts 9:15 Or vessel
  134. Acts 9:20 Lit that
  135. Acts 9:22 I.e. Messiah
  136. Acts 9:26 Lit and
  137. Acts 9:28 Lit going in and going out
  138. Acts 9:29 Jews who adopted the Gr language and much of Gr culture through acculturation
  139. Acts 9:31 Lit was having
  140. Acts 9:32 Or holy ones
  141. Acts 9:32 OT: Lod
  142. Acts 9:35 OT: Lod
  143. Acts 9:36 I.e. Gazelle
  144. Acts 9:37 Lit in those days
  145. Acts 9:39 Or inner garments
  146. Acts 9:41 Or holy ones
  147. Acts 10:1 Or battalion
  148. Acts 10:2 Or gifts of charity
  149. Acts 10:3 I.e. 3 p.m.
  150. Acts 10:4 Or deeds of charity
  151. Acts 10:7 Or household slaves
  152. Acts 10:9 I.e. noon
  153. Acts 10:11 Or heaven
  154. Acts 10:11 Or vessel
  155. Acts 10:12 Or reptiles
  156. Acts 10:12 Or heaven
  157. Acts 10:13 Or sacrifice
  158. Acts 10:14 Or profane; lit common
  159. Acts 10:15 Lit make common
  160. Acts 10:16 Or vessel
  161. Acts 10:16 Or heaven
  162. Acts 10:17 Lit himself
  163. Acts 10:19 One early ms reads two
  164. Acts 10:20 Lit doubting nothing
  165. Acts 10:22 Lit words
  166. Acts 10:25 Or prostrated himself in reverence
  167. Acts 10:28 Or profane; lit common
  168. Acts 10:30 I.e. 3 to 4 p.m.
  169. Acts 10:31 Or deeds of charity
  170. Acts 10:33 Lit done well in coming
  171. Acts 10:35 Or reverences
  172. Acts 10:35 Lit works righteousness
  173. Acts 10:36 Or the gospel of peace
  174. Acts 10:38 Or How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth
  175. Acts 10:38 Lit who went
  176. Acts 10:39 Or countryside
  177. Acts 10:39 Lit wood
  178. Acts 10:42 Or proclaim
  179. Acts 10:44 Lit word
  180. Acts 10:45 Lit believers from among the circumcision; i.e. Jewish Christians
  181. Acts 11:2 Lit those of the circumcision; i.e. Jewish Christians
  182. Acts 11:3 Or entered the house of
  183. Acts 11:4 Lit and was explaining
  184. Acts 11:5 Or vessel
  185. Acts 11:5 Or heaven
  186. Acts 11:6 Lit and I saw
  187. Acts 11:6 Or reptiles
  188. Acts 11:6 Or heaven
  189. Acts 11:7 Or sacrifice
  190. Acts 11:8 Or profane; lit common
  191. Acts 11:9 Lit make common
  192. Acts 11:10 Or heaven
  193. Acts 11:12 Or without making any distinction
  194. Acts 11:13 Or after he had stood in his house and said
  195. Acts 11:16 Or in
  196. Acts 11:17 Lit prevent God
  197. Acts 11:18 Lit became silent
  198. Acts 11:19 Lit tribulation
  199. Acts 11:19 Lit as far as
  200. Acts 11:20 Lit Hellenists; people who lived by Greek customs and culture
  201. Acts 11:20 Or bringing the good news of
  202. Acts 11:22 Lit word
  203. Acts 11:22 Lit was heard in
  204. Acts 11:22 Lit as far as
  205. Acts 11:23 Lit saw
  206. Acts 11:23 Lit purpose of heart
  207. Acts 11:24 Lit crowd was
  208. Acts 11:24 Lit added
  209. Acts 11:26 Or were gathered together
  210. Acts 11:26 Lit crowd
  211. Acts 11:27 Lit in these days
  212. Acts 11:28 Or through
  213. Acts 11:28 Lit inhabited earth
  214. Acts 11:28 Lit which
  215. Acts 11:29 Lit service
  216. Acts 11:30 Lit by the hand of
  217. Acts 12:1 I.e. Herod Agrippa I
  218. Acts 12:3 Lit they were the days
  219. Acts 12:4 Lit quaternions; a quaternion was composed of four soldiers
  220. Acts 12:6 Lit that night
  221. Acts 12:8 Lit bind
  222. Acts 12:11 Lit in himself
  223. Acts 12:11 Lit the expectation of the people of the Jews
  224. Acts 12:17 Or Jacob
  225. Acts 12:18 Lit what therefore had become
  226. Acts 12:21 Or judgment seat
  227. Acts 12:23 Lit breathed his last breath
  228. Acts 12:25 Two early mss read to Jerusalem
  229. Acts 12:25 Lit ministry
  230. Acts 13:9 Or having just been filled
  231. Acts 13:17 Or exalted
  232. Acts 13:22 Lit wishes
  233. Acts 13:24 Lit the face of His entering
  234. Acts 13:27 Lit voices
  235. Acts 13:28 Lit destroyed
  236. Acts 13:29 Lit wood
  237. Acts 13:33 Late mss read to us their children
  238. Acts 13:34 Lit trustworthy
  239. Acts 13:35 Lit give
  240. Acts 13:35 Or Devout or Pious
  241. Acts 13:35 Lit see corruption
  242. Acts 13:36 Or served his own generation by the purpose of God
  243. Acts 13:36 Lit saw corruption
  244. Acts 13:37 Lit see corruption
  245. Acts 13:38 Lit this One
  246. Acts 13:39 Lit in or by
  247. Acts 13:39 Lit justified
  248. Acts 13:39 Lit by
  249. Acts 13:39 Lit justified
  250. Acts 13:39 Lit by
  251. Acts 13:41 Lit disappear
  252. Acts 13:42 Lit they
  253. Acts 13:42 Lit words
  254. Acts 13:43 I.e. Gentile converts to Judaism
  255. Acts 13:44 One early ms reads God
  256. Acts 13:45 Or slandering him
  257. Acts 13:47 Lit be for salvation
  258. Acts 13:48 Two early mss read God
  259. Acts 13:50 Or worshiping
  260. Acts 13:50 Lit boundaries
  261. Acts 14:2 Or disobeyed
  262. Acts 14:2 Lit souls
  263. Acts 14:3 Or attesting miracles
  264. Acts 14:4 Lit multitude
  265. Acts 14:4 Lit were
  266. Acts 14:9 Lit saved
  267. Acts 14:12 Lat Jupiter, the chief pagan god
  268. Acts 14:12 Lat Mercury, considered the messenger or spokesman for the pagan gods of Greece and Rome
  269. Acts 14:12 Lit the leader of the speaking
  270. Acts 14:13 Lit in front of
  271. Acts 14:14 Or outer garments
  272. Acts 14:15 I.e. idols
  273. Acts 14:16 Lit Who in the generations gone by permitted
  274. Acts 14:16 Or Gentiles
  275. Acts 14:17 Lit filling
  276. Acts 14:26 Lit fulfilled
  277. Acts 14:27 Lit that
  278. Acts 14:28 Lit not a little
  279. Acts 15:2 Lit not a little
  280. Acts 15:6 Lit see about
  281. Acts 15:6 Lit word
  282. Acts 15:7 Lit from days of old
  283. Acts 15:13 Or Jacob
  284. Acts 15:16 Or tent
  285. Acts 15:17 Gr anthropoi
  286. Acts 15:17 Lit upon whom My name is called
  287. Acts 15:18 Or does these things which were known
  288. Acts 15:20 Lit the pollutions of
  289. Acts 15:21 I.e. the books of Moses, Gen through Deut
  290. Acts 15:23 Lit wrote by their hand
  291. Acts 15:24 Lit from us
  292. Acts 15:25 Or met together
  293. Acts 15:26 Lit given over
  294. Acts 15:29 Lit from which keeping yourselves free
  295. Acts 15:30 Or multitude
  296. Acts 15:31 Or exhortation
  297. Acts 15:32 Or exhorted
  298. Acts 15:34 Early mss do not contain this v
  299. Acts 15:38 Lit from
  300. Acts 16:3 Lit go out
  301. Acts 16:5 Or in faith
  302. Acts 16:6 Or Phrygia and the Galatian region
  303. Acts 16:6 I.e. west coast province of Asia Minor
  304. Acts 16:10 Lit go out
  305. Acts 16:14 Lit whose heart the Lord opened
  306. Acts 16:17 Lit a way
  307. Acts 16:18 Lit hour
  308. Acts 16:19 Lit gone out
  309. Acts 16:22 Or outer garments
  310. Acts 16:22 Lit to beat with rods
  311. Acts 16:24 Lit who
  312. Acts 16:24 Lit wood
  313. Acts 16:32 Two early mss read God

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